For the past few months I've been a part of the Proposed Historic Nob Hill District Main Street Steering Committee, we've come along way in the application process, which is almost complete. This Friday, the 10th, is the final assessment by the NM Main Street directors (part of the State Department of Economic Development,) as to the readiness of Nob Hill to participate. Part of the agenda on Friday is a public lunch for those who wish to know more about the program, what it has to offer, and what some of the potential benefits are for Nob Hill and the city in general. The state director of the program will give a presentation that will cover both general and specific aspects.
Nob Hill was an early participant in the program and much of what we see today in the area is an outgrowth of this participation in the 80s. The program itself is very much of a help you help yourself design. The ultimate plans, goals, and successes are completely based on widespread community input and active participation. The basis of the program (state wide and nationally) is to strengthen or revitalize neighborhoods and districts with a focus on sustainable economic development, maintaining and strengthening a genuine sense of community, creating a walkable and pedestrian friendly environment, and preserving or enhancing a sense of the historic nature of the area while allowing for and encouraging modern usage. The program is based on a four point approach that covers a wide range of areas, more information is available from the programs website
. Our committee's hope is to foster growth that will make Nob Hill a city, state, and regional showpiece of sustainable economic development and to increase the simple enjoyment of being in the neighborhood.
I would strongly suggest that anyone who has an interest in the Nob Hill area and wishes to learn more to attend this lunch, it will be held Friday, the 10th of April at noon, in the upstairs meeting area of Scalo in the Nob Hill Shopping Center. Please contact me directly if you wish to attend this lunch or participate in the program; strong community participation makes a stronger community!